Major funding for upcoming musicians in North Wales could be on the cards following an announcement at Focus Wales in Wrexham .
The PRS Foundation – a leading funder in new music and talent – has teamed up with the Arts Council of Wales and the Welsh Government to provide grants for those musicians reaching a pivotal time in their career, through the ‘Momentum Music Fund’.
Having already seen huge success in England where the likes of Years & Years, Bugzy Malone, Yungen and Anna Meredith have benefited from the funding at the tipping point of their careers, now Wrexham and Wales’ top talent could be given a life changing opportunity.
This follows the announcement last month that Creative Scotland has also become a Momentum Music Fund partner. These Scottish and Welsh partners will be contributing money and expertise to this unique fund. Artists based anywhere in the UK can now apply for Momentum funding to support activities such as recording, touring and marketing.
Grants will range from £5,000 to £15,000 and help develop both their creativity and business development.
So far the funding has helped produce over 160 albums for 270+ artists, whilst it’s also seen 1,000 live shows performed as a result of the grants.
Vanessa Reed, CEO at PRS Foundation said, “We’re delighted to announce this new partnership which will extend and strengthen our pioneering Momentum Music Fund.”
Lisa Matthews-Jones, Portfolio Manager at Arts Council of Wales said, “Providing opportunities for Welsh talent from all backgrounds to fulfil their potential is a huge priority for us.
“Working with colleagues in Welsh Government and the UK music Sector, we’re excited to be supporting Momentum as another development initiative for emerging musicians to secure a sustainable career, connecting their music to new audiences.”
The next deadline for application submissions is 29 May 2018 at 6.00pm
To find out more information please visit www.prsfoundation.com.
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